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Traffic is a mess on this I-20 bridge. Why is construction taking so long?

This I-20 overpass has been a work zone for two years. Why?

Construction has been slow at the Bryant Irvin Road bridge over Interstate 20, but state officials say the project is now on track to be mostly completed by Thanksgiving.
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Construction has been slow at the Bryant Irvin Road bridge over Interstate 20, but state officials say the project is now on track to be mostly completed by Thanksgiving.

A nearly $1.3 million makeover of the Bryant Irvin Road bridge over Interstate 20 in southwest Fort Worth has been slowed by contract problems, but state officials say the project is now on track to be substantially complete by Thanksgiving.

The concrete barriers that were put in along the I-20 frontage road to make room for the work crews sometimes cause traffic backups of a mile or more on the I-20 frontage roads, as well as the Bryant Irvin Road main lanes.

One motorist who frequents the area submitted a question to the Star-Telegram’s Honkin’ Mad page online asking about the project.

“This has been under construction for at least two years with the particular annoyance being the lane blockages on the I-20 frontage roads turning onto Bryant Irvin,” wrote the reader, who goes by the handle GoBoilers79. “I rarely see any work being done-when will this project finish?”

The project is being overseen by the Texas Department of Transportation in cooperation with Fort Worth. Nearly $1.3 million from the city’s 2014 bond program is being used to make the improvements, including left-turn lanes, two additional through lanes, street lights, traffic signal improvements and pedestrian facilities.

“The project did experience a delay last summer between the time the original contractor defaulted on the contract and the bond company brought on Southland Holdings to complete the project,” said Val Lopez, transportation department spokesman. He said the contractor that defaulted was IEA, where officials could not be immediately reached to comment.

Some median work on Bryant Irvin Road in the same area is also going on, overseen by the city.

Gordon Dickson: 817-390-7796; @gdickson
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